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Denis Barsalo shoots a hole-in-one at Glengarry golf course

A local golfer achieved a rare feat in these parts: firing a hole-in-one. Denis Barsalo accomplished this on hole 17 at Alexandria’s Glengarry Golf and Country Club on Monday, using an 8 iron to cover 128 yards.

As he commented, “After 30+ years of playing golf, I finally have my first hole-in-one.” In response, Barsalo received plenty of congratulations, including young multi-sport athlete Felix Sauve who added, “Welcome to the club!” Perhaps the funniest comment came from Craig Pinhey, who suggested it’s now time to “Throw the clubs in the lake and quit.”

Congratulations, Denis!

Denis Barsalo
Denis Barsalo marks his hole-in-one, achieved on the 17th hole at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club. (submitted photo)
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GSL championship season begins with U14 boys

The first 2019 soccer championship has been claimed, as the U14 boys squad prevailed 10-2 over Alexandria on August 12 to win the Glengarry Soccer League title.

VKH U14 boys soccer team

In semifinal play the week previous, Vankleek Hill dispatched Maxville 4-3, while Alexandria needed overtime to get past Laggan / Glen Sandfield, 4-3.

Upcoming Final Matches

The U19 girls championship match, featuring Alexandria and Vankleek Hill, is scheduled to be played August 19, at 8:30 p.m., under the lights at Alexandria’s Island Park.

August 15 on the pitch at Laggan Public School, Laggan / Glen Sandfield will battle Maxville for the U17 boys title. Opening kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Semifinals in the U16 girls category are booked for August 22, with the championship match seven days later. Vankleek Hill currently sits atop the table, with just one loss in 11 regilar-season games this season.

The U12 boys are in playoffs now. Their championship match is slated for August 28.

U12 girls semifinals are set for tonight, August 14, on fields in Alexandria and Williamstown, with the title tilt booked for August 20.

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GSL’s postponed matches to be played Sunday

Due to extreme heat Friday, the Glengarry Soccer League postponed all of its evening matches. Those games have been rescheduled to Sunday, July 7, at the original times and locations.

Following a slate of youth games on various pitches at 6:30 p.m., there are two senior men’s matches booked to start at 8:30 p.m. In Alexandria, at Island Park, Alexandria will take on Alexandria FC, while on the Lochiel Field, Glen Sandfield and Dunvegan will tangle.

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Terrific spring season for Glengarry football

The Glengarry Gaels youth football program recently concluded its spring season with two of three teams claiming Seaway Valley Football League titles. The tykes and mosquitoes both prevailed on championship day, June 23, on their home gridiron in Alexandria. For the mosquito Gaels, the triumph capped off a perfect season.

Glengarry bantams reached the semifinal round, where they bowed out the previous week. The Gaels didn’t field a peewee entry this year, due to insufficient numbers; instead, several Glengarry players of that level suited up for one of four Cornwall peewee squads.

Congratulations to the tyke and mosquito Gaels, as well as to the Cornwall Wildcats teams that won the peewee and bantam titles.

This year marked a changing of the guard behind the scenes for Glengarry football, as Ian Parent has taken on the presidency of the club, from former co-presidents Costa Zarifi and Jeff Dorn, who had led the program since its establishment.

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Walking on the Glengarry Trails

The Trails of Glengarry, four trails totalling 15 km, provide a great opportunity for walking in the great outdoors and taking in the natural environment our county has to offer. The four trails are located west of Alexandria, accessible from several points, including Island Park, the hospital, Kenyon Dam Road, and Lakeshore Road. For maps and information, check out this page on the Friends of Glengarry Trails Association website.

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Canadian pro sports leagues expand opportunities for our athletes

The Canadian Football League (CFL) officially came into being in 1958, though the history of the Grey Cup stretches back more than a century. Over the years, there have been Glengarry athletes who made the cut, perhaps most notably JT Hay, a 1991 inductee of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. The kicker from Lochiel was signed in 1977 by the Ottawa Rough Riders, going on to join the Calgary Stampers, for whom he played until his CFL retirement in 1989. According to cflapedia.com, Hay booted 308 field goals over his career, with a 69.2 per cent success rate.

This year (2019), two new Canadian professional leagues started up: the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for soccer. The goal of both organizations is to encourage the development of the respective sport across the country and provide playing opportunities for Canadians.

Will we one day see Glengarrians playing in either or both of these leagues (and again in the CFL)? With the apparent prowess county athletes have for the beautiful game, in particular (note the OFSAA gold medal just this year won by the GDHS boys team), one would expect that it won’t be long before we see a county soccer player plying his trade on the professional pitch. Here’s hoping!

Canada as a flag
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It’s been a while since I took time off (but I need this)

In my nearly 15 years working as sports editor at The Glengarry News, I have aimed to take my vacation time during lulls in the county sports scene, largely to make it easier for the rest of the staff of the newspaper. However, recent circumstances have forced me to take a leave of absence. I have already been off for a week and am sad to have missed writing about two high school soccer teams from Alexandria that medalled at OFSAA (The GDHS Gaels senior boys scored gold, while le Relais’ Rapides senior girls nabbed silver), among numerous other things.

This break for me has been much needed. Here’s why.

At a May 31 meeting with ownership (managers and reporters were there too) of The News, I learned that the owner sees the demise of sports coverage in the newspaper, planning to kill off the sports pages, since, in his words, advertisers do not support our sports coverage. (I would argue this is a ridiculous statement as advertisers don’t specifically support numerous sections of the paper, such as the page 4 editorials, letters to the editor, community columns, etc. Businesses and organizations advertise to promote their products/services/promotions and to support, in general, the newspaper’s role in covering events in our communities.) The owner also intends to kill off my job as sports editor. That’s not to say he doesn’t see The News covering sports in some limited way. He claims that he expects the newspaper still will somehow, perhaps “dumping” it to the website.

To say the least, I was upset. I will fight this

Contrary to the owner’s view, I see the sports coverage in The Glengarry News as a key part of the newspaper each and every week. I have worked very hard over the years to provide readers with information on various sports, along with results and photographs. I believe sports are a very important part of our community, and our community newspaper should reflect this.

If you agree, I encourage you to direct messages to ownership of The News. And I thank you. #SaveLocalNews #SaveLocalSports #SaveLocal

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Flashback: Glengarry’s football past

I recently came across this Facebook post from the Glengarry County Archives, showcasing a successful Char-Lan High School football team from 1959.

High school football has had its ups and downs locally over the years, including a stretch of some two decades without the sport.

While some schools, including Tagwi Secondary and Glengarry District, have been able to bring the gridiron game back (and currently field teams), others, such as Char-Lan, have not done so, primarily due to small student populations. They have been replaced by Catholic institutions, such as Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s.

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Soccer at nighttime

On Friday night, I attended a late evening senior men’s soccer team, as Glen Sandfield and Dunvegan met on the Lochiel pitch, in week two Glengarry Soccer League action. As part of my job as sports editor for The Glengarry News, I regularly attend GSL matches to shoot photographs that I can include on my sports pages in the newspaper. The adult divisions of the league play their games in the evening, starting at 8:30 p.m.

I will have the latest results in the June 5 issue of The News, and my photos from last week’s match will be available in an online gallery on the newspaper’s website (glengarrynews.ca/photos).

soccer at night
soccer under the lights on the Lochiel pitch
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